Coroner identifies tanker truck driver killed in fiery crash

Shannon Morris, 33 (Source: Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office)
Shannon Morris, 33 (Source: Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office)
The scene at Franklin Ave. and North Claiborne Ave. after the fiery wreck. (FOX 8 Photo)
The scene at Franklin Ave. and North Claiborne Ave. after the fiery wreck. (FOX 8 Photo)

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has identified the driver of a fuel tanker who died in a fiery crash with a wrong-way driver.

The coroner said Hatem Zarrugh, 38, died near North Claiborne and Franklin avenues last Friday morning.

The other driver, Shannon Morris, 33, faces a negligent homicide charge.

The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel when Zarrugh collided with Morris' car. He lost control and hit a sign at a gas station.

New Orleans police say he was trapped by the fire, making it impossible to escape.

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